Hacking with dogs — can it work? #Hack1000miles riders speak out

There’s a love-hate relationship between horse riders and dogs, especially when hacking out.

To take our horses and dogs out for a peaceful jaunt around the countryside at the same time, no worries of one chasing a rabbit as the other spooks away, it’s a dream for many of us!

 Helen Chivers hacks Lloyd alongside her dog, Burghley

Helen Chivers hacks Lloyd alongside her dog, Burghley

For a lucky few, this is a reality that works, as some of our #Hack1000miles challengers reveal…

 1 Two’s company

Hand-walking your horse can sometimes be tricky enough, let alone taking your two dogs with you! 

“They are all well behaved thankfully,” says Ronnie Luise. 

 2 A quiet ride

Helen Chivers takes her dog Burghley out for company whilst riding Lloyd. 

 Lotta and Sarah-Jane with their dogs

Lotta and Sarah-Jane with their dogs

3 A walk around the woods

Lotta von der Hyde and Sarah-Jane Ambridge recently took their dogs for a 5 mile hack around Harcombe Woods. 

“Lovely hacking, dogs welcome and a car park dedicated to horse rides – perfect!” smiles Lotta. 

 Lauren Maclean combines exercising her horse and dog at the same time

Lauren Maclean combines exercising her horse and dog at the same time

4 Squeezing in the miles

I’m a cheat,” says Lauren Maclean about hacking out on a family dog walk. 

“My dog’s been walked, so I’ll take Roseanna and grab a couple of miles.”

 

5 A surprise companion

“My dog decided to join us instead of going for a walk with my mum and the other dogs!” laughs Louse Horwood about the tag-along of her recent ride. 

6 Sharing the work

Danielle Rowles’ husband often accompanies her hacks with Blackie on his bike, and they take out three dogs between them! 

 Danielle Rowles out with her tribe

Danielle Rowles out with her tribe

7 Family walks

Wendy Barton also rides out with her husband and their dogs. 

“I love riding with the dogs in tow,” Wendy said.

 8 A cause for celebration

“We had the best company doing it!” says Stephanie Kings-Jones of passing the 150 mile mark during a ride with her dogs. 

 

 Wendy Barton with canines in tow

Wendy Barton with canines in tow

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